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EIFF 2018: Calibre

Starring Jack Lowden (England is Mine, Dunkirk) and Martin McCann (The Survivalist [2015]) as two old school friends on an ill-fated deer stalking trip to the Scottish highlands, Calibre is a beguiling film which touches on themes of fatherhood, brotherhood and loyalty all wrapped up in a classic thriller. Supported by an impressive ensemble cast, […]

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EIFF 2018: Ideal Home

Erasmus Brumble (Steven Coogan) and his partner Paul (Paul Rudd) are surprised when Erasmus’ grandson — who they didn’t know existed — turns up at an extravagant dinner party they are hosting. It becomes clear that it may prove too much to look after a kid who only eats Taco Bell, for a couple made […]

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England Is Mine

Mark Gill’s biopic of Steven Patrick Morrissey (AKA Morrissey, lead singer of The Smiths) is a beautiful, well-paced portrait of a young artist yearning for fame, knowing he is something bigger than his humdrum town. England is Mine charts a short period in the younger Morrissey’s life, as he attempts to balance his passion for […]

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EIFF: Goodbye Berlin (Tschick)

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Based on a young adult novel by Wolfgang Herrndorf, Tschick, this film is a riotously funny and fast-paced coming of age road movie. Full of punchy, killer one-liners and with a kick-ass soundtrack, Goodbye Berlin follows fourteen-year-old Maik (Tristan Göbel) as he navigates difficulties at home, his love life […]

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EIFF: Sami Blood (Sameblod)

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Amanda Kernell’s debut feature film highlights the impact of colonialist racism on a young Sámi girl, exploring the social and political in a moving and personal way. The Sámi people are indigenous to Sápmi – Northern Scandinavia and the North Eastern tip of Russia. Elle Marja doesn’t want to […]

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EIFF: Tom of Finland

Screened at the Edinburgh International Film Festival 2017  Biopics are hard. Director Dome Karukoski admits as much in the pre-screening talk. There’s the tricky issue of whether to attempt to faithfully represent true events, or to produce something emotionally true. Of course, there has to be a balance. Ultimately, Tom of Finland gets this right. The […]